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enforcement, even food inspection. and there are big worries about how it will hit the u.s. economy. >>> his side of the story. an emotional oscar pistorius in court for the first time. what he says really happened the night his girlfriend was killed. >>> and the brazen diamond heist at the airport right on the tarmac. a huge game of deception, $50 million worth of diamonds gone without a trace. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news with brian williams." >> good evening. it's an explosive allegation, and it's what we've all been warned about for years since the dawn of the computer age. a u.s. security firm says over 140 targets in this country have been hit electronically by a branch of the chinese military. big companies, you name it, some of the best-known brand names in the u.s. but more troubling than that is the idea that chinese hackers could reach into american society. the systems that run the country, our infrastructure and preserve order like power systems, air traffic, financial industry. it's a sweeping r
eyes bulged. yeah. this is really bad. >>> also tonight, did the u.s. marine corps abandon a group of marines and military family members after they developed a rare and surprising disease? dr. nancy snyderman investigates a controversy. >> when is the leadership of the marine corps going to stand up and say we made a mistake? >>> also tonight, kate snow goes inside the fight to save the pandas including some of the very youngest. >> you are too cute. look at you. >> their ircystability is beyond dispute, so what is it about the effort to protect them that makes this wild life expert so upset. >> you said once i would happily eat the last panda on earth if you could spend the money on worth while. in all seriousness, why did you say that? >> "rock center" gets under way. good evening. welcome to "rock center." the first glimpse americans ever got of oscar pistorius was on this broadcast in the run-up to the summer olympic games in london. we aired what became the defining profile of him reported by mary carrillo of nbc sports who traveled to south africa and got to know this unusua
california and going to head straight to the u.s. this is a big storm that's going to cause problems for traveling, especially later on tonight and all day thursday. let me show you where the storm is located. and the temperatures tell the story. we are watching the storm with a chilly 41 in san francisco and l.a. rain and snow in the mountains. the cold air is in place around kansas city, up through areas of nebraska, iowa and missouri. that's where the storm itself is locked in. you can spinning through southern california. that is going to exit out through the plains. we already have a big area of rain developing in north texas and southern oklahoma. eventually, as this storm kicks out we will be watching a lot of snow developing. we already have winter storm warnings much of kansas and nebraska. these are all winter storm watches that will go over as either warnings or advisories in the days ahead. our computers, one of the more reliable computers is pinpointed snow from oklahoma northward to nebraska. 6 to 12 inches in a large area, including, kansas city, wichita and topeka are
in recent years, only four airlines, american, delta, united and southwest, would be left with 70% of the u.s. market. while airfares haven't risen much in recent years, experts worn, less competition could ultimately drive up prices. >> if you're looking out over the next three or four years of your vacation plans you'll average between 5 and 10% increases year over year once you hit 2014. >> concerned about the overall number of flights available, the cost of those flights. >> more and more mergers, prices are worse, choices are less. doesn't add up. >> reporter: for now, both usairways and american will continue to fly independently. passengers will fly the airline on which they're booked. and until the merger is complete, the frequent flier programs will remain separate. ultimately, a combined frequent flyer program could include tens of millions of people with more destinations to choose from, but all competing for that upgrade or the free trip. tom costello, nbc news, washington. >>> there is news tonight from the world of science. and this could be a day that lasts in medical history.
be a counterfeit. staples reportedly going to start selling apple products at u.s. stores. the deal was announced yesterday. no word if it is true. a flat closed yesterday in terms of trading despite the announcement at a merger between u.s. airways and american airlines. internes and companies get paid more than $6,000 a month. that is more than the average u.s. worker. ibm offer top-rated internships. at the new york stock exchange, i'm jane king, bloomberg news, for wbal-tv 11 news. >> now weather and traffic together on the 1's. >> we do not want our newsroom intern's to hear that. it is quiet this morning. we will make it all the way up to 50 this afternoon. we will see a mix of rain and snow of this evening. a nice day in new york. thunderstorms possible across florida. we will check the seven-day forecast coming up in just a few minutes. >> good morning. still no problem spots to report. you should see a smooth ride this morning. southbound on 95, 10 minutes and no delays. 60 miles per hour on the harrisburg expressway heading south towards the beltway. west side of the beltway, 55 miles p
. syrian rebels do not want to go to the meeting because they are frustrated that the u.s. and europe have refused to provide arms and other aid and create a no-fly zone. secretary clinton had proposed that along with defense secretary leon panetta last year, at least proposed arming and training some rebel groups but the president rejected that plan last year. tomorrow, of course, the biggest problem, the biggest obstacle that the new secretary of state, john kerry, will face to getting rid of the assad reg seem russia. will he meet tomorrow in berlin with the russian foreign leader. that's a very big challenge. a visiting tour, nine countries in 11 days. natalie? >> andrea mitchell traveling with the secretary in london this morning. thank you. >>> more legal trouble for the pistorius family this morning as it's revealed the so-called blade runner's older brother is facing vehicular manslaughter charges for the death of a woman in a 2008 auto accident. meanwhile, pistorius awaits his trial for the murder of reeva steenkamp. >>> cuban president raul castro began what he says will be his f
that tails ahead of it. we have a lot of rain in the southern u.s. and with a low developing a combination of rain or snow. we were involved in that rain this morning but they are getting additional snow in new england from that storm. there is more waiting in the wings. but what happened today? yesterday erp stuck around freezing all day long. today erp at 45 for the high. the low was 32 degrees and we're still in the 40's right now. how much rain fell today? >> .12 of an inch and .t 9 yesterday. that got us up to 5 inches for the year. we're below average for the season but not a serious deficit so far. and no snow. >> 45 degrees east. on the board walk 47. 43 frederick. in the 30's out in far western maryland. so the temperatures are fairly well and evenly distributed around the area. not extremely cold air coming in blind this system. you see part two of the storm and what is left of that big snow that fell out in the plain states. here is the coastal development that will push some moisture up into new england, part of which will be snow. but we're in the drier air. we have a pretty g
people are on board the boat. american airlines and u.s. airlines make their merger official. it will be announced they will keep the american airlines named bill will be run by the ceo of u.s. airlines. >> now weather and traffic together on the 1's. >> good morning. sarah caldwell checking on your morning commute. a handful of accidents out there. some slick spots to watch for. we have two left lanes closed on 895. another problem on westbound 100 near telegraph. watch for a crash near ritchie highway. there could be delays on pulaski highway near edgewood. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> good morning. some slipping and sliding it does not surprise me. we have dipped below freezing. 30 in cockeysville. keep that in mind when you drop the kids off this morning. partly to mostly sunny this afternoon with a high temperature near 45. >> 32 degrees at the airport. valentine's day is here. >> charm city is a good place to singles.inglr >> a merger deal could mean international mergers could take off next. off next. >> welcome back. 5:15. safely above freezing in the ci
capes and parkas, and $5,000 for a football signed by u.s. presidents. using campaign contributions for these kinds of personal expenditures is way over the line. you just can't do it. >> reporter: jackson's wife sandra was also charged with income tax evasion in the case. i offer no excuses more my conduct jackson said in his statement. i want to offer my sincerest apologies to my family, my friends, and all of my supporters for my errors in judgment. jackson resigned last november just weeks after easily winning re-election. while he dropped from public view last year and said he was being treated for bipolar disorder, fbi agents were closing in initially investigating allegations one of his fundraisers offered to raise campaign cash for now convicted illinois governor rod blagojevich in exchange for naming jackson to fill barack obama's senate seat. today at a rally held by operation push, the group founded by his father, family members stood by jackson. we can make it through this period of time. i love my brother. i will stand with him until the end of time. >> reporter: jackso
of a big u.s. city. the blast felt a mile away. tonight, they're still digging through what's left. >>> storm warning. a huge winter system on the move. a dangerous mix in 18 states, 30 million americans in the path of this one. >>> and hoop streadreams for th unlikely star of the high school basketball team crushing the competition, though he's just about half their size. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. growing up in this country, you get accustomed to hearing the united states is the greatest nation on earth and the mightiest military force on the planet. what we don't like is feeling vulnerable, the way we do after we have been attacked. and now that we have learned of a massive cyber attack, electronic espionage allegedly at the hands of a branch of the chinese military, and the kind of attack we've been warned about for years, today the white house took action. the problem is, this wake-up call has already hit a slew of big companies, and could reach into our power gr
is united in our efforts to avoid the hardship of sequestration. next u.s. senator ben cardin holds a town hall style meeting monday with employees at the social security administration headquarters in woodlawn. most are in danger of possibly being furloughed and were hoping for good news from the senator. >> we have had some assurances we will probably not have of furlough. >> according to the white house, congress -- if congress does not work out a deal by friday, maryland stands to get hit in five main areas, including the military law enforcement, education, public health, job training and child care, and the environment. >> i know you cannot avoid people losing income or their jobs. that is going to happen. >> senator carden seems to feel that a deal will not come by friday, but furloughs and job losses could take more than a month, giving lawmakers a little more time. the cuts for marylanders are among the most harshest in the country. within $40 million could be cut for primary and secondary education. just be a drastic cuts toward infectious disease prevention, and cuts for clean w
the world's largest airline as u.s. airlines and america joins forces. tom covers aviation for us, good morning. >> hi. natalie. this is an $11 billion deal and he helps american airlines emerge from chapter 11. 95,000 employees, 637 daily flights. what does it mean for travelers? previous airline mergers often led to higher ticket prices, watch for that. these two carriers expected to operate separately or longer. existing tickets honored and frequent flyer programs for now will replay in separate and this deal will require justice department approval and that could take some time. natalie. >> thank you. >>> the president has declared a state of disaster in southern mississippi after a powerful tornado ripped through hattiesburg earlier this week. officials estimated it could take tens of millions of dollars to repair the destruction left in the twister's path and severely damaged a college campus and hundreds of homes. >>> good news for the economy. fewer americans are on the way to foreclosure. the number of homes being are repossessed dropped 28% january of 2012 and january of this
for days are beginning to get answers. u.s. coast guard said diesel fuel leaked ton to a hot surface sparking a fire that knocked out the system. coast guard estimates that a full investigation will take about six months. >>> well, it's time now for the weather. bill karins joins us here. how's it going? >> it's so easy to forget the reason they were stranded was fire which is scary enough. >> right. >> it could be a lot worse. >> yes. >>> good morning, everyone we have an active system across the country. for the next ten days. the current storm is moving up through the great lakes and the weather changing quickly across the ohio valley and deep south with the warm air showers and colder air moving behind it. that's going to be the case on the eastern seaboard. starting out you'll be fine but then the rain pushing in and much colder tomorrow. that cold blast now appears in the northern plains. you notice the green is rain, from flint, detroit, to cleveland. all the way from kentucky, the back side, a little snow in green bay. and some snow showers coming across wisconsin. the southe
. >>> and lance armstrong facing a new legal challenge this morning, as well. this one comes from the u.s. government, and it could cost him millions of dollars. we'll explain more about that coming up in a few minutes. >>> plus, if you're a parent, it's likely happened to you. your kids whining and crying about not wanting to go to bed. >> never, never, sawyer. >> one little boy in massachusetts took it a step further. he called 911. mom and dad, i'll show you. coming up, the tale of the tape and what mom had to say. >> that's a good one. >>> you may have tried karaoke singing. we've all had those nights in a bar, at home. chances are, you have never done it inside a taxi. we'll show you, introduce you to the karaoke cab, which has become a big hit. you see why. ♪ >> nice. jenna rocking it out. we'll even give it a whirl ourselves on the plaza. you may want to turn the sound down for that part. >> it's hard to top the rehearsal at 6:00 in the morning on the cold plaza, trying tojio drink. >> there was water. >> you know what i meant. >> coffee -- >> karaoke. >>> we do begin with the wi
's no suggestion yet horse meat labelled as beef has reached the u.s. but the struggle for everyone is to be sure the meat you're buying is what the label says it i is. >> that butcher is the type that knows everyone's name and customers trust him a local store. the problem is that kind of service can cost you more and when you're trying to feed a family, every dollar counts. >> kiir simmons, thanks. >>> a special moment in american history is making major waves along san diego's waterfront. alongside the giant kiss statute to explain, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. san diego a big military community. there are many people who think this is incredibly patriotic and others who just plain think it's an eyesore. people have actually resigned over this. a 25 foot 14,000 pound piece of art that is stirring up a plus-size controversy. it is one of history's most iconic images, the photograph taken at the end of world war ii has become larger than life. not everyone likes how literally one artist took that. >> the ultimate in bad taste. >> reporter: stewart johnson's 25 foot statute
. very busy morning. natalie morales is here. >> good morning, everyone. u.s. security firm is pointing the finger directly at the chinese army in 141 cases of computer hacking. american computer securities firm says it has traced the hacking of american and foreign companies plus government agencies to one specific chinese military building on the outskirts of shanghai. china says the charge is groundle groundless. >>> u.s. coast guard says a leak in a fuel oil line was the cause of the fire that left that carnival cruise ship powerless and adrift in the gulf of mexico last week. officials say they do not suspect the leak aboard the triumph to have been caused intentionally. >>> sad new details of country singer mindy mccready's final days. bil she was allowed to leave rehab after 17 hours. her body found shot dead, next to the body of her dog. mcknight said the country singer had threatened suicide after losing custody of one of her sons earlier this month. >>> disappointing news on the employment front for veterans. young americans who served in the military following the september 1
-oil prices. u.s. refinery closings. adding to the problem, opec has cut production by one million barrels a day. and lingering operational problems at oil terminals damaged by super storm sandy. for the average american, this comes at a tough time. most of the country's workers are taking home less pay since the expiration of payroll tax cuts last month. business owners are now feeling the strain, including this new york city taxi driver. >> i find the prices are getting out of control, and the government is not doing anything about it. >> if prices continue to rise, his tacos will be taking a bigger bite out of his customers' wallets. alle're trying but it depends on how high the coast. -- how high it goes. >> aaa expects gas prices to slow but continue to rise through april, when they expect to hit $4 a gallon. tara mergener, wbal-tv 11 news. >> the right smell might make your home sale. jane king has the bloomberg business report. good morning, jane. >> good morning. we have apples stores. google is making plans to make retail stores and they hope to have them open for the holidays. be
. the issue is supply and demand. rising crude-oil prices. u.s. refinery closings. opec has cut production by 1 million barrels a day. lingering operational problems at oil terminals damaged by super storm sandy. this comes at a tough time. most of the country's workers are taking home less pay since the expiration of a payroll tax cuts last month. business owners are now feeling the strain including this new york city taxi driver. >> i find the prices are getting out of control and the government is not doing anything about it. >> if prices continue to rise, his tacos will be taking a bigger bite out of his customers wallet. but it allying depends on how high the coast. >> aaa expects gas prices to slow but continue to rise through april when they expect to hit $4 a gallon. tara mergener, wbal-tv 11 news. >> 5:37. 34 degrees at the airport. could news about the flu. -- good news about flu. >> don't forget to e-mail us your response to our water cooler question of the day. what is your opinion of a proposal to ban smoking in cars if a child under 7 years of age is on board? you can share y
is could not say why adults are eating less fast food. the u.s. has the largest fast- food industry in the world. at the new york stock exchange, i'm jane king, bloomberg news, for wbal-tv 11 news. >> now weather and traffic together on the 1's. >> good morning. it is a quiet but cold start on this thursday. temperatures in the low 20's with a little bit of a breeze. 25 at martin state airport. it will be quiet and cold this morning. mostly sunny skies this afternoon. we will check the seven-day forecast coming up in just a few minutes. >> it almost seems we are dealing with bad weather because we have accidents. there is an accident at 795. two left lanes are closed. we have an accident at the inner loop at belair road. traffic is backing up heavily. traffic at a standstill. this is a tractor-trailer accident. on the inner loop, traffic being detoured at white marsh. 95 at the beltway northeast, we have some delays developing. looking pretty good on the north side. an accident on the outer loop at 795. 216, another accident in the laurel region. watch for delays. that is the latest
from physical injury. also, many cruise ships are registered in foreign countries and not subject to u.s. taxes and many regulations. the "triumph" is incorporated in the bahamas. >> this industry is unregulated because they have successfully hidden behind their fortunes flags. >> reporter: in 2010, congress did pass the cruise vessel security and safety act, mandating better crime reporting at sea. but critics say it's not enough. >> there's no reason when a ship is mechanically deficient, operating out of the united states, that the united states cannot take action against the cruise lines. >> reporter: the industry says it has improved, implementing new safety policies following a string of disasters last year. like the cost of "concordia" and the cost of "allegra." >> this is already a heavily regulated industry. it's regulated at both international levels and national levels. and the enforcement occurs in multiple layers. >> reporter: door says on any given day there are some 280 cruise ships on the open seas. carrying about 300,000 passengers. for those considering any kind of trav
's girlfriend was an intruder. there was a hacking by the chinese military. the u.s. wants sanctions. china insists that had nothing to do with the cyber attacks. drivers in taxes will start to pay for their accidents in more than one way. the fire department will charge a fee that will be sent to the insurance companies. the new tax will bring in an extra $50,000 a year. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. do you think a fire department should be able to charge insurance companies a fee when they respond to a traffic accident? you can share your response on wbaltv.com, on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> microsoft is counting on its new e-mail service to catapult the company back to the top of the e-mail pile. more than 60 million users have already signed up for the service. previous users will be automatically switched over to outlook by this summer. south west wants to give you movies on demand. a victory for costco workers. jane king has the bloomberg business report. good morning. >> a new contract for costco workers affecting 1
. major war against the cyber u.s. nonzript neighborhood and this 12-story building, the source of thousands of cyber attacks against 141 u.s. companies, spanning 20 industries. according to a new security report confirmed by u.s. intelligence, it is the headquarters of unit 61398, cyber warriors for china's people's liberty. >> the chinese government sapgsing these attacks. >> among the targets of the hackers, america's very infrastructure. >> now our enemies are seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, our air traffic control systems. >> reporter: other targets, the news media, including "the new york times," the washington post and wall street journal. and familiar brands like coca cola, facebook. ugly gorilla and dota, according to this instructional video from the computer security firm that did the study. >> we see dota logging in. >> reporter: attackers send deceptive e-mails, tricking users to clicking on a malicious link to a phony website so the hackers can steal confidential files, grabbing them back to shanghai. >> when these compan
if there is obama gave him a "bachlt." >>> the jersey worn by the captain of the u.s. olympic hockey team which won the so-called miracle on ice went up for auction. it took place in the 1980 winter games and is widely considered one of the greatest sporting events ever played. the mostly amateur team usa beat a dominant russian squad 4-3 before going on to win cold. the jersey is expected to win at least $1 million. >>> at least one midwestern resident enjoyed the terrible weather seen last week. berlin the bear. berlin is being housed at a zoo in kansas city because her normal home in duluth is flooded. >>> from the music world a sad note to report about the passing of a one-time member of the temptations. ♪ papa was a rolling stone >> otis harris sang the lead on the 1972 hit "papa was a rolling stone." he was the youngest member of the group, awe editioning when he was 21 years old. his family tells us wilson died earlier this week after a long battle with prostate cancer. he was 62. >>> up next here tonight, why the hit songs of today owe more to youtube than ever before. i you're suffering
this morning. the u.s. government is joining a lawsuit accuses lance armstrong of using performance enhancing drugs. the dep of justice is acting on behalf of the postal service which spent $30 million po support arm strong's racing teams. justice department officials say they will argue armstrong defrauded the government. >> it requireings everybody who works for it not to use any illegal drugs. armstrong claims he was in fact blood doping. >> armstrong denies the postal service suffered any losses. after denying doping allegations for years he admitted to using illegal drugs during an interview with oprah winfrey last month. >> coming up celebrating the 100th anniversary of the woman's march. >> find out more about laura newman. >> a look at last night's winning lottery number. >> a new county executive laura new man was sworn in yesterday replacing disgraced john leopold. we have more. >> who is laura newman. >> that name is unknown to me. >> does that worry you at all? >> a little bit. considering what's happened in the past. >> for most folks in the county the name just doesn't ring a be
authority is the lead investigator. both the u.s. coast guard and the national transportation safety board, the ntsb, are heavily involved, interviewing passengers and crew, trying to determine why the fire broke out and how it was handled and ultimately trying to prevent something like this from ever happening again. lester? >> thanks. the ordeal on the carnival "triumph" was difficult for everyone on board. for some, it did become a dire emergency. our chief medical correspondent, dr. nancy snyderman, has a story of one family's dream cruise that turned into a hair-raising evacuation on the high seas. [ cheers ] >> they're safe! >> thank you. >> reporter: their trip was supposed to be a birthday party and family reunion at sea. planned for more than a year and including 31 relatives. >> for me it was the most scariest part. i thought they're here for my birthday. >> reporter: this trip of a lifetime was ruined when at 5:30 last sunday the ship's p.a. system sounded alarms. their thoughts instantly turned to one member -- rachel alderett, 54 years old and suffering kidney disease. she nee
up, they would run over to the volleyball court. we brought the sport over to the u.s. and we have amazing athletes. >> like soccer, no hands? >> no hands. >> head, feet, chest, everything else is okay? >> wow! >> there's no chance we could possibly do this. >> yeah. well -- >> you could use your feet? >> you can use your head. >> your head, shoulders. players smash it with their feet at the net. >> like a spike? >> like a spike. if you were acrobatic enough to crush it with your feet, that counts as two. >> is this catching on here? >> yeah. soccer players are playing. volleyball players that will leave their court and -- >> is it a coed sport? >> coed. it's like beach volleyball. we mix it up all the time. we have great athletes on the other side there as well. >> i'm not going to take my shirt off but that's exactly what i look like with my shirt off. >> are we going to give it a go? >> let's give it a chance. >> we need your help. somebody has to get in here. come on, savannah. >> oh, no. >> hurry up, guys. >> let's go. >> no hands, right? >> i play soccer. >> each one on -- >>
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